The United States is a crypto-Catholic Republic. That’s the premise of Dr. Timothy Gordon’s book “Catholic Republic,” and I think he may be right. I went into detail about this in my previous blog, entitled “How to Save America.” The premise goes like this. The original 13 colonies were heavily anti-Catholic Protestant, but to gain their independence from the British Empire, they had to ally with Catholic France. This caused many of America’s Founding Fathers to become less sympathetic toward English anti-Catholicism, which came to the colonies from Protestant England. Upon obtaining independence from the Empire, and all hopes dashed of establishing an American monarchy, the Founding Fathers had to come up with some kind of cohesive continental government, or face the fracture of the United States which could lead to the British Empire retaking them over time. To find the principles upon which such a government could be built, they looked back to Catholic Medieval sources. Thus, the Republic they founded was basically Catholic in principle. However, because strong anti-Catholic sentiments remained among the former colonists in the United States, these Catholic Medieval ideas had to be repackaged as something the former colonists would accept. Here the work of Freemasonry was ready and willing to help create the facade. The United States of America is essentially the embodiment of a Catholic Republic, relabeled as Protestant with a little help from the Freemasons, so as to fool the former colonists into accepting it and submitting to its rule.
There is no doubt that Freemasonry played a role in the founding of the American Republic, but that role was very limited, and as stated above, mostly superficial. While Masons held many prominent positions in the American aristocracy (by that I mean “rich people”), it wasn’t a main factor in the life of the average colonist. The average colonist was a Protestant; mostly Anglican (Episcopal), Methodist, Congregationalist and Baptist. Also, these colonial Protestants weren’t too terribly religious at that. Only about 17% of them were registered as members of a church, and those who actually attended were far less. America’s Protestant revival would come later, in the 1800s. During the founding of the nation, however, most Americans were nonreligious in their personal lives, only nominally Protestant, but one thing they could all agree on was that they didn’t particularly like Catholicism. Guy Fawkes Day (November 5), in which effigies of the Pope and Guy Fawkes were burned along with fireworks, was a favorite celebration for colonial Americans, until General George Washington put a stop to it during the American Revolution, so as not to offend our Catholic French allies.
After obtaining independence from the British monarchy, the Founding Fathers were in quite a pickle. The ideal would have been to find another monarch to rule America, preferably a Protestant monarch, but the idea of a Catholic monarch was floated. In the end, everyone realized that the one and only man who could effectively rule the United States, as its king, was General George Washington and he wanted nothing to do with it. So with that, it was back to the drawing board, and the most detailed writings on what a modern republic should look like came from none other than Catholic sources in the Middle Ages. Thus, the American Republic was formed, and given a Masonic veneer to make it look more palatable to Protestants, and hide its Catholic origin. For the details on this, I’m going to refer you to Dr. Gordon’s book “Catholic Republic.”
Now, want to point out a myth about the American Republic, which many of us have been fooled by, myself included. It has to do with the all-seeing eye on the reverse side of the Great Seal of the United States, along with the unfinished pyramid and the Latin motto that accompanies it. This is the subject of many conspiracy theories which, as it turns out, happen to be false.
The back side of the Great Seal of the United States features an unfinished pyramid with the all-seeing eye floating atop, set within a triangle, and the Latin motto: “Annuit Coeptis: Novus Ordo Seclorum” surrounding it. The motto translates into English as “He (God) approves our undertakings: a new order for the ages.” The last portion could be also be legitimately translated as “a new world order” since the Latin word for “world” and “age” are sometimes interchangeable, but the original designers of the seal stated in 1782 that it should be translated as “a new order for the ages.” They made no indication that this Latin phrase should be translated as “a new world order” as in a governmental sense. Indeed, if it were meant to be understood that way, a better Latin phrasing would be “novi orbis terrarum imperium” which means “a new world government.” The designing committee for the seal wasn’t going that way. Rather, what they hoped to convey is that God, through his holy providence, as demonstrated in the successful revolution against the British Empire, was allowing the colonists to establish a new way (or new order) of doing things. The phrase is meant to apply to the former colonists and how they govern themselves as free men, not a world government. In fact, the only Freemason on the designing committee for the seal was Benjamin Franklin, and he wanted a completely different seal, with the motto that said: “Rebellion to tyrants is obedience to God.” Franklin later left the designing committee and the final seal looked nothing like any of the suggestions Franklin made. Instead we got something that has very strong Christian symbolism. The most official explanation we have is as follows…
The pyramid signifies Strength and Duration: The Eye over it & the Motto allude to the many signal interpositions of providence in favour of the American cause. The date underneath is that of the Declaration of Independence and the words under it signify the beginning of the new American Æra, which commences from that date.
— As quoted by MacArthur, John D. “Explanation of the Great Seal’s Symbolism“
In fact, at that time in history, this representation of the Eye of Providence was used almost exclusively by Christians as a Christian symbol for God. While Masons did eventually adopt this symbol as one of their own, it had been used as a Christian symbol for centuries prior. David Barrett, a Masonic researcher, claims the Eye seems to have been used only sporadically by the Masons in the decades leading up to the 19th century, and was not adopted as a common Masonic symbol until 1797, several years after the Great Seal of the United States had already been designed. This is a classic case of another organization adopting a Christian symbol as its own. It’s kind of like how the Pagan Romans adopted December 25 as the Feast of Sol Invictus centuries after Christians had already been celebrating it as the Feast of the Nativity and Christian Hanukkah for centuries prior. Those ignorant of history will point to Sol Invictus as “proof” that Christmas is a Pagan celebration of sun worship, when in fact the exact opposite is true. Roman sun worshipers adopted the date after Christians were already using it to give more validity to their own solar celebration. So we have something similar going on here. Modern conspiracy theorists point to the Eye of Providence as “proof” that the American Seal is Masonic, when in fact, Masons adopted this symbol only after it was already used on the American Seal. The only explanation of the seal we should accept as valid is the one given to us by those who designed it…
The Eye of Providence was a fairly common Christian symbol throughout the Middle Ages and the Renaissance, all the way up through the late 18th century. It is still commonly used in many Catholic and Orthodox churches. It’s not seen in many Protestant churches anymore. I was first clued into this back in the 1990s, when I saw it used in the stained glass of a Catholic chapel built in the 1950s. It was at this point I realized that the Eye of Providence might be more than just a Masonic symbol. The fact that it’s contained inside of a triangle conveys the very Christian symbolism of the Holy Trinity. The Masonic version, adopted unofficially only after the American Seal was finalized, isn’t usually portrayed this way. In fact, it’s frequently portrayed in a nebulous cloud, so as to avoid any direct Christian reference to the Trinity.
Thus, the symbol of the Eye of Providence on the American Seal, contained inside the Trinitarian triangle, which many modern conspiracy theorists cite as “proof” that the United States is a Masonic Republic, is in fact a veiled reference to the exact opposite, that the United States is in actuality a Catholic Republic, disguised to look Protestant with the help of Masons, so as to avoid the anti-Catholic prejudices of the people it was designed to govern.
The Eye of Providence also appears on many other official seals, such as:
- The Coat of Arms of Braslaw, Belarus
- The Coat of Arms of Brasłaŭ, Belarus
- The Coat of Arms of Kalvarija, Lithuania
- The Coat of Arms and Flag of Plungė, Lithuania
- The Coat of Arms and Flag of Šiauliai, Lithuania
- The Coat of Arms of Alovė, Lithuania
- The Coat of Arms of Baisiogala, Lithuania
- The Coat of Arms of Wilamowice, Poland
I think history pretty well establishes that the Eye of Providence is NOT a Masonic symbol, or at least it wasn’t at the time the Great Seal of the United States was designed. The Masonic (unofficial) adoption of this symbol is a typical narrative that happens when Christian dates, celebrations and symbols become popular. In this case, the Eye of Providence became part of a newly formed nation, a federal republic no less, and so the Masons couldn’t help themselves but “borrow” the symbol for their own (unofficial) use as well. But even Masons will admit this freely, and make no attempt to hide it, as is demonstrated by their own assertions that…
- Benjamin Franklin was the only Mason on the first design committee, and his suggestions had no Masonic content.
- None of the final designers of the seal were Masons.
- The interpretation of the eye on the seal is subtly different from the interpretation used by Masons.
- The eye in the pyramid is not nor has it ever been a Masonic symbol.
The last point is key. Masons disavow the symbol of the pyramid entirely, and most especially the Eye of Providence atop the pyramid. They say this is not their calling card. They don’t use it. It’s not part of their semiotics.
Guess what? It’s purely an American thing. It’s something invented by the committees charged with designing the American Seal. It’s their own concoction. The unfinished pyramid represents the thirteen colonies (there are 13 layers of bricks) attempting to build a new unified nation. The pyramid is unfinished because the work is unfinished and ongoing. Lastly, the Eye of Providence is overseeing it all, representing the Trinitarian God overlooking the construction of this new (crypto-Catholic) Republic. This leads us back to the motto inscription above and below the reverse side of the seal itself: “Annuit Coeptis: Novus Ordo Seclorum” which translates into English as “He (God) approves our undertakings: a new order for the ages.” The image represents the writing. The writing explains the image. That’s all there is to it.
Yes, the Masons were involved in the founding of the United States of America. Yes, they made some contributions. But in the end, there is very little their fraternity can claim responsibility for. They’re more than happy to incorporate American symbolism into their artwork, and they’re more than happy to build monuments in honor of this nation’s founding, we well as its founders, but they weren’t the key players. The Masons rode on the coattails of the Protestant founding of the United States, not the other way around. They continue to ride on the coattails of this nation to this very day. Their greatest period of influence over the United States was between 1955 and 1965, when membership in the Masonic Lodge reached it’s all-time high, before dropping off again. During the time of the American Revolution, the Masonic influence on colonial society was minimal, though it appears that it was considered a swanky gentleman’s club for the wealthy upper class. It’s believed that only nine (16%) of the fifty-six men that signed the Declaration of Independence were Freemasons. It’s also believed that less than a third (33%) of the men who drafted the Constitution were Freemasons. That means that two-thirds (66%) of these men were not Freemasons. Did these Freemasons have an influence? Sure! Was it a big influence? Not as big as people think. Did they attempt to enshrine Masonic principles into American government? Whether or not they tried is somewhat irrelevant, because if they did try, they failed miserably. The American Republic bears so much resemblance to Medieval ideals of what a Catholic Republic should look like, that it’s hard to believe Freemasonry had much to do with it at all.
The inner workings of the American government model Catholic principles. Is it a perfect representation? No. As Dr. Gordon points out in his book, the American Republic was hardwired Catholic, but labelled Protestant, even though it’s now functioning as Secular. That mislabeling was the beginning of its undoing, as we’re now beginning to see all around us. The American Republic cannot be restored unless it openly returns to its Catholic roots, without relabeling, or attempting to hide the truth. Does it need completion with a Catholic population and Catholic leadership? Yes. And that’s the challenge of our time. But no Masonic invention would have lasted as long as the American Republic has. The Masons have created multiple republics in Europe. All of them are very fragile. Some have already fallen, only to be remade anew. The American Republic works only because it was founded on Catholic principles, disguised as Protestant Freemasonry to appease an anti-Catholic population at the time of its founding. It cannot, however, continue to limp along without a Catholic spirit to animate it. This is why it’s so important for Catholics to wake up, and retake control of the US Catholic Church from some in the hierarchy who seek to undermine it, then aggressively evangelize the rest of the American population. The United States is a Catholic Republic. It needs to finally be claimed as one, or it will perish without a Catholic soul to revive it.